Ozark Witch-Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)


Sold in 10″ (3 gal) pots

Light: Full Sun to Part shade
Soil Moisture: Medium
Bloom time: January to March
Height x spread: 10 ft x 15 ft
Flower: Yellow with Red
Fruit: September–October; a hard, woody, elliptical capsule. Capsule pops open, forcibly discharging seeds to a distance of up to 30 feet. Seeds are large, hard, black, 1 or 2 per capsule.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, this large shrub/small tree is one of the first plants to bloom yearly. Flowers January–April (rarely in December), with fragrant yellow flowers. The plant has long been used as a source for making witch-hazel extract and used in shaving lotions and ointments for treating bruises, sprains, skin irritations, and more. It does best in rich, moist, well-drained soils, and it flowers best in full sun. If you don’t keep the root suckers trimmed, it will spread and form a colony. Prune it in spring.

Deer eat the shoots and leaves. Beaver, squirrels, and rabbits sometimes eat the bark. Turkey and grouse eat the seeds and flowers. The plant is important to early pollinators that have few options in winter.

Where to see it grow: Exploration Garden at Clinton Hills Conservation Park, Swansea, IL



Out of stock

SKU: 2023-ST7 Category: Tags: , ,